I am realizing that to be true to who I am and where I fit in the world, I need to go back to my hippie beginnings. A child of the 60s, my favorite memories and images are of family, friends and me involved in the peace movement. Whether I was on a bus to a DC peace march that was chartered by my hometown or hanging out at home, I was clothed in peace signs. My favorite outfit was a t-shirt mini dress that said “peace love peace love” in rows covering the entire dress. And of course I had on my favorite peace sign headband made out of leather with a metal peace sign right in the middle.
I don’t have the dress or the headband anymore but I do have most of my peace-related jewelry including beautiful silver charm peace signs with and without flowers and one of my favorites, my peace dove. “War is not healthy for children and other living things” states my emblem necklace. The peace symbol is not just a sign of my desire for world understanding and communion, but it is an artistic expression of my deep need to be calm and soothed and at peace. Enveloping myself in clothes and jewelry of peace is one way in which I am able to provide a cocoon of peace all around me wherever I am.